The $11,351 paycheck that Randall Carlisle earned for clinching the tie-down roping title at last year’s Fort Worth Stock Show played a major role in helping the former Lipan resident earn his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo back number.
Carlisle secured an NFR berth after earning $60,572 during the regular season and finishing in 15th place, the last slot for qualifying for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s championship show. While competing at the Las Vegas championships, Carlisle pocketed $30,349 and finished 14th in the 2013 world title race with $90,921.
This year, Carlisle, who graduated from Lipan High School in 2005 and lives in Baton Rouge, La., is on pace to win a second consecutive title at the Fort Worth Stock Show. He won the first round over the weekend with a time of 8.0 seconds and collected $5,816.
He is scheduled to make his second-round run during at 7:30 Wednesday night at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
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At that point, Carlisle will attempt to place in the second round and turn in a time that’s fast enough to help him advance to the final round. The finals will feature the top 12 competitors based on their two-run aggregate times from the first and second rounds.
Bushwacker, the 2011 and 2013 Professional Bull Riders World Champion Bull, will be retired at the 2014 PBR World Finals in late October in Las Vegas.
Bushwacker’s farewell tour began last weekend at the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Oklahoma City. During Saturday night’s 15/15 Bucking Battle, Bushwacker, who is owned by Julio Moreno and managed by Kent Cox of Dublin, bucked off defending world champion J.B. Mauney in 1.13 seconds. Bushwacker is 11-1 against Mauney.
Bushwacker’s farewell tour consists of 10 stops, including March 1 in Arlington and Aug. 15-16 in Tulsa. During the Arlington show at AT&T Stadium, the winner of the Iron Cowboy V will face Bushwacker in a match at the end of the performance. If Bushwacker’s challenger wins, the cowboy earns a $1 million bonus.
At last weekend’s BFTS tour stop in Oklahoma City, 2004 world champion Mike Lee of Decatur earned $9,000 after finishing third. Lee is ranked No. 1 in the Ford Series world standings.
Brazile roping tough
Trevor Brazile, the 11-time world all-around champion from Decatur, and Patrick Smith, a two-time world champion from Lipan, parted ways after competing in team roping at last month’s NFR. They had partnered for seven years.
Brazile, a header, hooked up with heeler Travis Graves of Jay, Okla., and they are off to a booming start. Each earned $7,558 after winning the renowned National Western Stock Show Rodeo over the weekend in Denver.
Richie Champion, a Tarleton State student from The Woodlands, earned $10,884 after tying for first in bareback riding. Cody Ohl of Hico won tie-down roping ($9,259), and Mary Walker of Ennis clinched the barrel racing title ($7,905).